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BREAKING: Kings fire Luke Walton after 6-11 start

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The Sacramento Kings have fired head coach Luke Walton after a 6-11 start to the 2021-22 season, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Kings associate head coach Alvin Gentry will be considered as an interim option, though The Athletic’s Sam Amick reports there’s some skepticism about Gentry getting the call.

Both Woj and Amick report say assistant coach and former Kings guard Doug Christie is another option for interim coach.

There had been recent rumblings that Walton was in trouble. Losses in the last three games this week proved to be the final straw. Sacramento lost by 18 points to the Utah Jazz on Saturday night after losing by 19 points the night before to the Toronto Raptors.

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The Kings hired Walton in 2019 after he spent three seasons as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. Sacramento posted identical 31-41 records in his first two seasons, but there was some hope for a leap in Year 3.

That didn’t happen for Walton, though, with the Kings mired in an ugly slump. In addition to being losers of three straight games, Sacramento has lost seven of eight after starting the season 5-4. Walton finishes his Kings tenure with a 68-93 record, and there were issues with notable players such as Buddy Hield and Marvin Bagley III.

The Kings have struggled to find any traction since Rick Adelman was the head coach back in the day:

The franchise hasn’t made the playoffs since Adelman.